Young and senior Harriers triumph across the board

Five-miler: Croydon Harrier Peter Chambers in the East Surrey Leage

And they're off: The start of the East Surrey League meeting on Saturday

Croydon Harriers: Luke Baker hands to Patrick Lucas in the Bruce Judd Surrey cross country championships

First published in Sport

By Matthew Kiernan

Croydon Harriers’ young athletes tackled the Bruce Judd Surrey County young athlete cross-country championships this weekend.

The U15 boys’ team spearheaded the club’s efforts, with a consistent display being rewarded with a fourth place finish in the field of 21 clubs.

Omar Harhara placed the team in fifth on his 2.5km course in seven minutes, 48 seconds. Charlie Brackenborough (7:50) held his form on the second leg, handing to Rob Spalding in seventh.

Spalding (7:44) fought his way into silver on the final leg, but was edged out into fourth. 

In the individual standings, Patrick Lucas (7:18) was sixth fastest in the U17 men’s category and Stevie Lawrence (8:29) was one place higher in the U17 women’s standings.

The U15 girl’s sneaked into the top 10 with Naomi Carty (9:11), Josie Kavanagh (9:29) and Emily Howe (9:17) helping the Harriers to ninth in the 23-club field.

Elsewhere, at the East Surrey League, Peter Chambers notched second in a field of 80 runners completing the five-mile course in 28:27.

Croydon’s senior men finished fifth overall thanks to Neil Aikman (32:48, 15th), Andy Del Nevo (33:47, 22nd) and Colin Oxlade (34:06, 28th) joining Chambers to complete the scoring quartet. Abbie Burrett was runner-up in the young athletes race.

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